An­i­mals used in war

Central and North Burnett Times - - CENTENARY MILESTONES -

An­i­mals were an in­te­gral part of the ac­tion dur­ing the First World War.

Horses: Were used for fight­ing and trans­port. Eight mil­lion horses were re­ported killed.

Dogs: Most species of dogs were used, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing trench war­fare. Dober­mans and Ger­man shep­herds were favourite breeds as they are in­tel­li­gent, train­able and have su­pe­rior guard­ing abil­i­ties. They were used as sen­tries, scouts, ex­plo­sive find­ers, mes­sen­gers, to find ca­su­al­ties on the bat­tle­field, rat-catch­ers and mas­cots.

Pi­geons: Th­ese were the most re­li­able form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in WWI, and of the 100,000 used it’s es­ti­mated they had a 95% suc­cess rate. (Source: An­i­mals in World War One, His­tory Learn­ing Site).

Kan­ga­roos: Aus­tralian sol­diers were known to smug­gle kan­ga­roos with them to keep as mas­cots. (Source: ABC News).

Camels: The Im­pe­rial Camel Corps were formed in 1916 to fight in Egypt’s Western Desert. There were 200 camels killed and 598 wounded. (Source: Aus­tralian War Memo­rial).

Mules and don­keys: Were used for trans­port. “Count­less” num­bers died in WWI. (Source: His­tory Chan­nel web­site).

Glow­worms: Th­ese bugs were even used to brighten the trenches of WWI sol­diers. (Source: His­tory Chan­nel web­site).

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